Zeynep Fadillioğlu—the first woman in Turkey to design a mosque—is behind a new 270-room hotel in Istanbul’s cultural and commercial heart. An Ottoman tent canopies the Atrium lounge, and limited-edition sketches of Istanbul by the Turkish painter Devrim Erbil are displayed throughout the hotel.
Try an authentic bathing routine of steam, sauna, and massage in one of four hammams in the vast top-floor spa. At the new Brasserie Bench restaurant, enjoy Albanian burek, phyllo stuffed with meat or cheese.
From $205. 90/(0) 212-987- 4000. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.